January is all about decisions. Goals, resolutions, and changes that bring desired results. While that is good, it can also be much like going on a diet. Without developing healthy eating habits, as a consistent way of life, weight and health management are just momentary good ideas.
Such it is with goals. Most people don’t just make lists in January and suddenly become task masters. There are a few consistent character traits that generally help to define those who are self-motivators and high-achievers.
What you see is what you get: Most successful people are not afraid to think big.
They pursue innovative ideas, then mix that drive with equal amounts of vision and strategy. While there are a lot of folks with big ideas, there are few who are able to execute a workable plan to make that vision become a reality. Be one of them.
We achieve what we believe: Do you believe in yourself? No one wakes up self- confident. They make decisions that require confidence. Important decisions are rarely easy nor do they always make sense, yet with proper planning and council, you can do what you set your mind to doing. You must start by believing you can do it. You can.
Who is running ahead of you? Have mentors. Experts are everywhere, pay attention to them. Competition is an excellent source of information, especially when it becomes a motivator instead of a threat. Learn why others are doing what they are doing, then personalize it with your own vision. Learn, but be different.
Time is not equal: We all have the same 24 hours a day, yet those who are successful don’t try to do it all. They can’t and they are willing to admit they can’t. They maximize their talents by being great at something. Honing in on those few areas where you excel should be a life-decision, not a fleeting idea. Those who are spread too thin rarely enjoy anything.
Maximize your energy: One of the top resolutions each year is to be healthier. Not good; healthy habits are a way of life not an annual resolution. Why set goals if you can’t muster up the energy to achieve them? We don’t get time back, therefore, we should care for our bodies so that we feel well and invest our time wisely. Don’t let poor energy zap your ability to get up and go.
Decisions should be firm, declarative, decisive. As you begin another new year, let this be your year of bold confidence. Look back over 2016 long enough to take note of what held you back and be honest. People? Bad habits? Too much this, not enough that? This list can help you get started. Don’t let another year go by where you don’t take charge of your life and goals. Not only will you feel better, but you will perform better and establish a momentum that builds every day.
Enough talk! Quit playing around with this stuff. It’s time for decisive action, forget January. It’s MID FEBRUARY! Make decisions.